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    Posted on Dec 31, 2014

    11 Awesome Polish Things That Happened In 2014

    The year is almost over, so let's look at some funny, inspirational and viral Polish hits of 2014

    1.) Shaq Attack - Pierogi Style

    Shaquille O'Neal may have been one of the NBA's best centers, but when it comes to Polish cuisine, its a different story. During the NBA Playoffs last season, some confusion arose regarding Polish kielbasa (sausage) and pierogi (dumplings). But all's well that ends well, and with Shaq proceeding to eat all the pierogi he could get his hands on, this educational venture ended well.

    2.) Olek Doba does the extraordinary

    Aleksander Doba, a 67 year old retiree from Police, Poland completed the longest open-water kayaking expedition in history, traversing the Atlantic Ocean from Portugal to Florida. He became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean at its widest points in a kayak. The 7,716-mile transatlantic journey took 167 days from October 2013 - April 2014. Doba has recieved numerous awards including the Amicus Poloniae from the Polish Ambassador to the US Ryszard Schnepf, Canoe & Kayak Magazine Expedition of the Year Award, and now Doba is in the running to be named National Geographic - Adventurer of the Year. Vote for him today!

    3.) Polish Mutant Spider Dog Wins the Internet

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    Chica, the "mutant spider dog" from Poland became the numer one most watched video on Youtube in 2014! With over 120 million views, Chica trumped even the best cat video this year.

    4.) A win for the history books

    Finally a win! After 93 years, Poland has finally managed to pull off a win in a game of soccer against Germany. After 18 games resulting in a tie or loss, Polish soccer history was made with a 2-0 win against defending world champions and longtime undefeated team Germany.

    5.) The world went crazy over IDA

    Ida the film has recieved new awards almost on a daily basis, and is a top contendor for an Oscar. The beautifully shot black and white movie by Pawel Pawlikowski is truly incredible. Described by some as movie of the year, we'll join this chorus of accolades and say: Watch it! Its accessible on Netflix Instant Watch and we can't recommend it enough.

    6.) Wojtek the Bear gets a statue

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    The bear which served alongside Polish soldiers during World War II now has his own statue in a park in Krakow, Poland. The history of Wojtek, a real life private in the Polish II Corps under General Anders is incredible. Wojtek, a brown bear, was found and adopted by Polish soliders in Iran who were escaping the Soviet Union. He was quickly befriended by the troops and put to use carrying heavy munitions. He enjoyed drinking beer, eating cigarettes and wrestling with soldiers. In addition to raising moral, Wojtek is said to have resupplied troops during the Battle of Monte Cassino. After the war Wojtek retired and lived out his life in the Edinburgh Zoo.

    7.) "Hogwarts" recreated in Poland

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    Fans of Harry Potter established a College of Wizardry at Czocha castle in Poland, where participants play the roles of students, teachers and other people from a fictional world of Wizards.

    8.) 007 decided to drink the good stuff

    It was announced that James Bond would be drinking Polish Belvedere Vodka in the upcoming movie, Spectre. Not bad Agent 007, not bad at all.

    9.) #MyPolska

    People around the world joined in celebrating Polish Independence Day on Nov. 11 through the #MyPolska social media campaign

    10.) Fastest man in Europe

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    Stanislaw Kowalski claimed the title of fastest man in Europe in his age bracket after running 100m in 32.79 seconds. Pretty fast for someone who is 104 years old!

    11.) No better time for a kiss

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    LOT Polish Airlines spread holiday cheer and made kissing a whole lot easier. All LOT planes were quipped with mistletoe during the Holidays, which meant that all of us here on the ground would almost always find ourselves under mistletoe, and you know what that means....

    What will 2015 hold?

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    We're not sure, but we have some hopes and dreams.

    Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

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